Category Archive: Picture Books

50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing Celebrated through Books

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July 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and many new books have been published for children on the subject. My son and I have been previewing the advanced reading copies and came up with a list of our favorites.

Foster Care and Adoption

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As May draws to a close, we are wrapping up National Foster Care Month! There are over 442,000 children in the foster care system in America1. The kids in foster care range from… Continue reading

Focus on Transgender Pride

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Yesterday was Mother’s Day. I am so lucky to have two remarkable children. I love them and they love me, they love each other, and we all enjoy each other’s company. And now… Continue reading

Book Review: The Bad Seed and The Good Egg

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The Bad Seed is a story of a seed who does some pretty awful things.  His manners (and hygiene) leave a lot to be desired.  In one of my favorite pictures, he makes… Continue reading

Nonfiction Children’s Books: Women In Science

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When I took my 12-year-old son to the sports medicine doctor for a check-up on his broken ankle, Max was told he had to continue to wear the boot another 10 days. On the car ride home, my son said “Mom, why didn’t you schedule the appointment with a woman doctor? Women doctors seem to know more. That guy doesn’t know that my ankle is healed and I don’t need to wear the boot anymore.” I smiled at him with agreement and said “Yes! Sometimes women do know more than men.” In honor of Women’s History Month, here are several books about women in science that will inspire the children in your life.

Maker Mindset

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Read Alouds to pair with makerspace that incorporate Maker Mindset.

Tracey’s 2018 Favorite Picture Books and Graphic Novels

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Happy holidays! It’s that time of year again, which for me means it’s also time for my annual favorite books of the year posts. I think choosing the picture books is the hardest,… Continue reading

The Season of Love: Appreciating Our Families, Our Communities, Our Selves

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Every holiday seems to have a feeling attached to it. We feel gratitude on Thanksgiving Day, sorrow on Memorial Day, and pride for our military on Veterans Day. St. Patrick’s Day is for… Continue reading

It was a Book before it was a Movie

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Books allow us to go beyond the movie, to dig deeper with more details shared by the author. They also give readers more opportunities to use their imaginations.

Diversity in Picture Books: Guest Post by Hena Khan

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We are excited to offer a guest post from Hena Khan about her Muslim-themed picture books. At Mackin we were thrilled at her use of colors to explain aspects of Muslim culture when… Continue reading